• Dragon splashdown in Pacific Ocean

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 31st, 2012

    The first commercial space mission to the International Space Station successfully returned to earth this morning at 8:42 am. PT.  

    Space X's Dragon capsule splashed into the Pacific Ocean only one mile from its intended target, and 560 miles off the west coast of Baja California.

    Space X founder, Elon Musk heralded the historic flight as a, "grand slam."

    Recovery crews quickly reached the floating capsule and reported that it "looks really good."

    The craft returned with about 1300 pounds of cargo from the space station, including science experiment samples, research items and trash.

    The craft will be ...

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  • Orange orbs video recorded in Massachsetts

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 30th, 2012

    Orange orbs were spotted over Massachusetts on Sunday, May 27, continuing a wave of recent sightings around the world.

    Local publication, Wicked Local, reported that Plymouth resident, Felicia Femino, a journalism student, was "stunned" when she and a group of friends observed, "unidentified orange orbs in the night sky," during a Memorial Day cook-out at her West Plymouth home.

    Femino called the local airport as they watched the "bright orange fireballs." An airport official told her that they were also watching the lights, and that the sight was "the strangest thing he's seen in the sky in many years ...

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  • The UFO sighting that convinced a British Government minister

    By Jasper Coppig, UK Telegraph on May 27th, 2012

    From the UK Telegraph:

    It is one of the most tantalizing ever official accounts of an encounter with a UFO – deemed so credible it even convinced the government minister who investigated it.

    Now, for the first time, the sighting of a flying saucer by an RAF fighter pilot and the subsequent high level inquiry it prompted can be revealed.

    The sighting occurred in 30 July 1952, when Flight Sergeant Roland Hughes was on a training flight over West Germany in a de Havilland Vampire FB9.

    As he was returning to base, he reported being intercepted by a "gleaming silver, metallic ...

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  • Two weeks of strange sightings reported in Missouri

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 26th, 2012

    Residents of Blue Springs, Missouri, have reported observing strange lights in the sky for the past two weeks.

    From OzarksFirst.com and KCTV:

    (Blue Springs, MO) -- Strange lights in the night sky over Blue Springs have UFO investigators interested.

    According to KCTV, the CBS affiliate in Kansas City, neighbors say in the past two weeks they have seen multi-colored lights in the sky. The Missouri UFO Network is now conducting its own investigation.

    The video of the orbs hovering is causing quite the debate in Blue Springs and is the topic of discussion in the quiet suburb.

    Robert Kover first ...

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  • Space Station crew begins unloading freighter

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 26th, 2012

    Crew members aboard the International Space Station have opened the hatch to the Dragon cargo capsule today, preparing to unload its cargo.

    The hatch between the newly arrived SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and the Harmony module of the International Space Station was opened by NASA Astronaut Don Pettit at 5:53 am EDT as the station flew 253 miles above Auckland, New Zealand. 

    The hatch opening begins four days of operations to upload more than 1,000 pounds of cargo from the first commercial spacecraft to visit the space station. 

    Wearing protective masks and goggles, as is customary for the opening ...

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  • Dragon X arrives at Space Station - milestone reached in commercial space business

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 25th, 2012

    The commercial space industry arrived at the International Space Station today, with the first docking of the Space X Dragon cargo ship.

    Dragon successfully performed a series of tests designed to demonstrate the craft's maneuvering and abort capabilities before it was cleared for final approach to the station.

    The space station's robotic arm then grabbed the capsule, swung it into place and attached it to the station's Harmony module. 

    President Obama called to congratulate Space X head Elon Musk on the milestone.  Space X designed and built Dragon.

    The Dragon capsule is delivering 1,014 pounds of ...

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  • Photographer snaps black triangle UFO in Texas

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 22nd, 2012

    A professional photographer reported a late night sighting of a black, triangle shaped UFO near Alvin, Texas on May 20, 2012, according to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network).

    The witness was driving down County Road 539 at 1:25 am, when he noticed what first looked like a plane flying in the distance.

    What caught his eye was "a strange, pulse of orange light coming from the object."

    As the witness slowed down his vehicle to observe the object, he noticed a small red light at each point of the triangular shaped craft.

    The object grow larger at it approached the ...

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  • Odd flashing lights over England seen by multiple witnesses

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 22nd, 2012

    Several sightings have been reported of unusual flashing lights in the skies over Basingstoke, England, on May 17, 2012.

    Witnesses include a postman, who watched the odd lights zig zag for more than 10 minutes.

    Basinstoke is about 30 miles southwest of London, in the same general area where many crop circles have appeared.

    Rhys Phillips reports for This Is Hampshire.net:

    Numerous sightings of unusual flashing lights in the night sky were reported over Basingstoke last Thursday.

    Postman Ron Brooker, 57, of Timor Road, Popley, saw the lights after leaving a quiz night with five friends at the Recreation ...

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  • Family witnesses nine orange orbs fly in pattern in Georgia

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 22nd, 2012

    Five witnesses observed a total of nine orange light orbs fly in a pattern over Grayson, Georgia, on a quiet evening on May, 19, 2012, according to MUFON (Mutual UFO Network).

    The reporting witness stated that she was on the back deck of her home at around 9p, ET, when she noticed a "very deep orange pulsating ball of light" estimated to be at a distance of four miles.

    The witness reported that the object moved slowly at first and then shot upward and disappeared in two to three seconds.

    She alerted her family, and together (five adults) they saw ...

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  • Commercial era of spaceflight launches

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 22nd, 2012

    The Falcon 9 booster rocket carrying the Dragon space freighter successfully launched into space this morning, on its way toward a historic rendezvous with the International Space Station. 

    Dragon is the first commercial spacecraft to journey to the space station, delivering about 1200 pounds of food and supplies to the crew.  The highly anticipated mission fills a gaping hole in the United State's launch capability following the retirement of the Space Shuttle program.

    Currently, the United States has no operational manned launch system, and is dependent on Russia for access to the space station.

    If all goes to plan ...

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  • Orange orb spotted over Canadian Capital

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 21st, 2012

    A large, orange orb was seen over Ottawa, Canada, on Saturday, May, 19, 2012, according to the MUFON (Mutual UFO Network.)

    The reporting witness observed the object with their father-in-law at about 10:30 in the evening, while they were having a smoke together in backyard of their home.

    They described the UFO as a glowing, orange circular orb, slightly brighter on the bottom and all orange colored on the top, not unlike a hot air balloon.  They reported that the UFO's altitude was not too high, and moved silently, but at too rapid a speed to be a ...

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  • Cigar shaped UFO spotted over Buffalo, NY

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 21st, 2012

    A group of witnesses, having a smoke outside of a tavern in New York, reported seeing a glowing red, cigar shaped UFO darting in the sky on the night of May 19, 2012.

    One witness reported the sighting to MUFON, (Mutual UFO Network), adding that the experience left them spooked.

    Although MUFON only released the location of the sighting as an urban area of New York state, the witness reported that the object was sighted outside of the "Cherry Bar" on Cherry street, which is located in Buffalo.

    The witness reported that the "perfectly outlined cigar" shaped craft was hovering ...

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  • UFO sighting wave in New Zealand

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 21st, 2012

    The New Zealand Herald reports a wave of UFO sightings during the past two months over North Island.

    UFOCus, an area UFO interest group published a list of reported sightings in April.

    New Zealand skeptics, (New Zealand Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal), have dismissed the reports, but offered no substantiation for their claims.

    nzherald.co.nz reports:

    There have been an "unprecedented" number of UFO sightings reported in the North Island over the past two months, UFO watchers say.

    And aliens may even have visited Northland in the past five weeks, with one man reporting ...

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  • Private Jet has near miss with UFO over Denver

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 19th, 2012

    A corporate jet flying at 8,000 feet over Denver, Colorado reported a near miss with an unidentified flying object on Monday, May 14, 2012.

    The  Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the incident, concerned that there may be a safety hazard to aircraft in the area.

    The nervous pilot of the Cessna Citation 525 CJ1 radioed to air traffic control, "A remote controlled aircraft, or what? Something just went by the other way ... About 20 to 30 seconds ago. It was like a large remote-controlled aircraft." 

    Click to listen to the pilot's radio call:

    Possible explanations include a large ...

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  • Pair of triangle UFOs reported in Vermont

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 13th, 2012

    Two witnesses in Derby, Vermont, claim to have seen two sets of triangle shaped white lights, each with a pulsing red light in the center.   

    The witnesses reported to The Mutual UFO Network, (MUFON) that they were driving east on Route 111 at 9:10p on May 6, 2012, when they spotted the craft hovering silently overhead.

    The two sets of lights began to move in exact formation and the witnesses gave chase, at times reaching 80 mph.  But they could not keep up with the UFOs and the mysterious objects soon flew over a wooded area and disappeared.

    Despite ...

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  • Possible UFO response to witness seen on video

    By Ted Bonnitt on May 13th, 2012

    Witnesses to UFOs and other forms of high strangeness sometimes report that the object they encountered appeared to respond to their thoughts.  

    In what may be a documented example of the phenomenon, a witness near Helena, Montana, posted a video of a flying object in broad daylight on May 7, 2012.

    In the video, the unidentified witness and his female companion discuss the glowing object as he records the sighting, telling his friend that he felt compelled to step outside with a camera just before he spotted the object.  

    The shooter goes on to explain that this is not his ...

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  • MUFON reports 197 UFO sightings in April

    By Roger Marsh on May 1st, 2012

    The Mutual UFO Network, the nation's leading grass roots UFO investigative organization, has released their activity report for April.

    The Examiner's Roger Marsh reports:

    The National UFO ALERT Rating System has been updated May 1, 2012, with California, Texas, Pennsylvania and Florida moving to a UFO Alert 3 as the highest reporting states during the month of April 2012, filed with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON).

    California was the leading high-reporting state in April with 77 cases, up from 71 cases filed in March.

    Those states in a UFO Alert 4 category with 13 or more reports include ...

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  • Triangular craft spotted moving slowly over Independence, Missouri

    By Roger Marsh, Examiner on May 1st, 2012

    Witnesses report odd looking craft at low altitude.  The Examiner's Roger Marsh reports:

    A Missouri witness reports watching a slow moving "triangle craft with two slow blinking lights in the back" moving over Independence under 1,000 feet about 9:10 p.m. on April 28, 2012, according to testimony from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

    "It was very odd - a triangular-shaped flying object that had two blinking lights in the rear only," the witness stated. These very, very bright white lights were circular and blinked on and off every two seconds (I timed it). There ...

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